Lunar New Year is coming up this week and while we look forward to the festivities and goodies, it is important to keep health in mind and not let slip any health resolutions. Health is definitely wealth and we should ensure to continue to pay attention to our overall wellness even while we indulge in the yummy food during this celebratory season.
Here are our top 5 tips to continue on our journey to better health this Lunar New Year!
If one of your health resolutions this year is to adopt healthier eating habits, one of the easiest way to ensure that you stay on track is to make sure that you drink plenty of water. Our bodies can sometimes mistake thirst for hunger, which may cause us to snack or reach for another pineapple tart (who could resist?). Drinking plenty of water not only helps to keep our bad eating habits in check, it can also aid in our digestion after a day of feasting.
Snacking can be addictive, and it is definitely a habit that all of us are guilty of when celebrating Lunar New Year. To help moderate our snacking this year, why not pick and choose to only eat on the healthier snacks or pack your own healthy snacks when doing house visits? By starting small and taking such incremental steps to keep an eye on what we are consuming, it can help us to consciously make the change towards having a more balanced diet during this period.
Pair your healthy journey with a wearable such as a Fitbit Sense to help you better track your nutritional and water intake so that you are aware of what changes to make to your lifestyles in order to achieve your goals.
Stay healthy mentally and physically
As we live through the pandemic, Lunar New Year will undoubtedly be different this year. With restrictions on visiting our extended family and friends, we may feel stressed over planning house visits and festive gatherings around the safety measures, or feel disappointed from not being able to have the reunions we want.
However, we must remember to practice mindfulness and be kind to ourselves, as physical strain from stress can contribute to a variety of health problems if left unmanaged – including an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression¹.
Take a slow walk once a day
We may be busy with the festivities, but it is important for us to continue to cultivate our mental-fitness regimen and keep our fitness foundation strong. One way to do this is to commit to taking a 30-minute walk in the morning or evenings.
Setting aside the time to do so ensures that we stay active and can also provide us with a sense of accomplishment and allow us to feel more motivated with improved energy throughout the day. There is also great value in exercise as it can deliver positive outcomes for your mental health. When we exercise, our bodies releases endorphins which boosts our mood.
Find a like-minded community
Make your health journey more enjoyable this festive season by creating active opportunities with your loved ones or friends when you spend time with them this Lunar New Year. For example, encouraging each other to go on a walk after visiting.
Alternatively, you can keep yourself accountable with programmes such as Fitbit Premium and Health Coaching, where an expert can provide support and help you stay on track with your customised fitness plan. Or find a group that you have similar goals or activities that you enjoy doing so that you can stay active together and motivate each other to achieve those fitness goals, even in times like this where we have to remain socially distant where possible.
Maintaining our optimal health and wellness are lifetime aspirations and we may cave in during festive seasons. However, taking small steps can bring about significant changes!
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